Are students in your school allowed to bring their own laptops? Some teachers not only oppose the idea of students working on laptops, they also stage dramatic in-class performances to intimidate students (even at college) from bringing their laptops to class.
Hat tip to Berlin Fang for sharing this video. Berlin gave a great presentation yesterday at the Heartland eLearning Conference here in Oklahoma, on the mobile learning and technology integration work of faculty, staff and students at Oklahoma Christian University. My notes from his session with Luke Hartman are available.
I’d like to know more backstory to this video. Certainly the desire (on the part of faculty / teachers) to CONTROL the learning environment so it mirrors a traditional, entirely teacher-directed environment is strong in many classrooms.
As Yoda explains to Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back,” we must “unlearn” some of what we have learned as students.
Complete control over the student in the learning environment is not and should not be considered a hallmark of educational excellence. As educators, we are ultimately working to empower our students to make good choices and become autonomous learners on their own. We are training the next generation of Jedi. Of course classroom control and classroom management are vitally important, we cannot teach amdist chaos. Total control, however, is a myth and should not be held up as the ideal at the university or the K-12 level.
Apparently the teacher in the YouTube video shown above was a Sith Lord. Hopefully there aren’t many of these at your school. Trust me, they’re are difficult lot to deal with.
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- Brookstone Mini-Projector for iPhone4 - 2012
- All bloggers are not scrape blog pirates - 2011
- High Stakes Testing Must End in the USA - 2011
- Local Advocacy Update in Alabama by Bruce Ellard - 2011
- 2011 Alabama Legislative Session Update (10 March) - 2011
- Oklahoma City Podcasting Club - March 2010 Meeting Notes - 2010
- The Race to Nowhere - A New Educational Documentary - 2010
- Imagineering iPad Educational Apps - 2010